Kwibuka T20: Nigeria beat Germany after Brazil’s 1

Oviri Kelvin

Nigeria have defeated Germany in their second match to maintain their pristine start at the eighth edition of the Kwibuka T20 tournament at IPRC OVAL in Kigali, Rwanda.

Nigeria’s bowlers have been impressive and ensured they limited Germany to just 78 in their 20 overs.

Despite the setback to see the Nigeria female cricket team losing two quick wickets upfront, Salome Sunday’s 32 knocks off 40 ensured Nigeria won against Germany.

Accordingly, Nigeria chased down the target in 13.4 overs and were helped in their cause by German bowlers who were highly floppy and gave away 25 extras.

Preseeding this fixture, Female Yellow Green of Nigeria defeated the South American side, Brazil, with 8 wickets in their opening game.

The Nigeria women’s cricket team, who won the toss against new timers Brazil, elected to send them to bat.

Resultantly, Brazil, who alongside Germany are the featuring in the memorial event for the first time and also the only team from outside the African continent, amassed a total of 53 runs all out in 15.2 overs.

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According to Musa Ehizoje Bodie, Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Evelynde Souza scored 12 runs off 22 balls to register her name as the best batting figure for Brazil, ranked 29 in the ICC chart.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Rukayat Abdulrazaq, who debut for the world-ranked 38 women’s cricket team, stole the spotlight in a scintillating display to bowl 4 wickets, conceding 9 runs in 3.2 overs.

Following, Esiegbe Favour also performed brilliantly having attained 3 wickets, conceding 12 runs, 1 maiden over in 4 overs.

In the second innings, Female Yellow Green made light work of the run chase by scoring the required total in 10.5 overs, losing just 2 wickets.

Salome Sunday led the run chase with 22 runs of 17 balls not out, supported by Agatha Obulor with 12 runs off 17 balls.

Nigeria finished with 56 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 10.2 overs with debutant Rukayat Abdulrazaq named player of the match.

However, the coach of the Nigeria women’s cricket team Leke Oyede has said the team will continue to improve and stick to their game plans.

Oyede stressed that the squad is under the tutelage of an experienced coach who is determined to achieve the desired results both in the tournament and ICC world ranking.

“We came to this event with our match plan and experience has taught us to take the matches as they come. We are very happy about this victory, but we are more focused on the next match,” Oyede stated.

“There is no gainsaying that the victory was well deserved, but we still have some work to do, we were a bit careless in some areas and we need to plug all the leakages as we perfect our game plans,” he said.

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